In the mood for ocean views

Craving a day at the beach, some pampering, or an offbeat adventure? One of these 20 places under $200 should be just the ticket

Beach at Inn at Mama's Fish House, Maui, HI
Photo: Andrea M. Gómez

Find a getaway to match your mood from these destinations with ocean views, places for pamperinglaid-back escapes, or offbeat adventures.

For a great ocean view escape:

1. Paia, HI

A hideaway on Maui’s quiet shore: For a breath of fresh ocean air―and a welcome alternative to Maui’s high-rise resorts―check into a quiet, beachfront cottage at the Inn at Mama’s Fish House, on the island’s North Shore. In the evening, dine on just-caught ono in the open-air dining room, done in a classic Polynesian style that is, somehow, anything but kitsch. From $175; 800/860-4852. –Rachel Levin

2. Venice, CA

Your stylish beach pad: So comfortable are the oceanfront studios at Venice Breeze Suites that you might feel like you’re coming home after a night out, rather than returning to a hotel.

The high-design 1930s building of 27 mod units is right on the beach. Kitchens are fully loaded, the rooftop deck―with barbecue, wet bar, and ocean views―is a primo spot for a sunset soiree, and you’re steps from the sand. Free parking (at a premium in this hood) is an added bonus.

And considering that the Santa Monica hotels within walking distance are about three times the price, this place is a steal. From $135 (from $155 for ocean view); two-night minimum; 310/ 566-2222. –MacKenzie Geidt

3. Near Zihuatanejo, Mexico

Another day in eco paradise: The Swiss Family Robinson would have loved Playa Viva, which just opened on an endless, empty beach an hour south of the Zihuatanejo and Ixtapa tourist-plex.

Two thatched casitas, set on stilts to catch the ocean breezes, house a total of five barely enclosed rooms, with a third open-air casita serving as pool- and clubhouse.

Pretty much everything is reclaimed, sustainable, organic, or solar-powered, adding up to a major dose of peace and quiet. From $295 U.S., including room, all meals, airport transfers, yoga classes, and unlimited beer and organic tequila; 650/292-0432. –Christine Ryan

4. Long Beach, CA

Mod waterfront resort: To the stylishly revamped Hotel Maya, we say: Yes, please. Bring on the dumb­waiter that delivers drinks to you in the lobby, the jungle of palm trees, the nightly sangria tastings.

An afternoon in a cabana floating above an elevated dipping pool transports us to the tropics. From $169; 562/435-7676. –Jennie Nunn

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